Reeds Patents (Class 84/363)
  • Patent number: 9330648
    Abstract: An electronic keyboard musical instrument includes a storage device, a musical tone generation unit, a resonating sound generation unit, and an adding unit. The musical tone generation unit reads out corresponding musical tone waveform data from the storage device according to key depression information to generate a musical tone waveform signal and a first register resonating sound waveform signal. The resonating sound generation unit receives the musical tone waveform signal to cause the resonating sound generation circuit to generate a second register resonating sound waveform signal according to damper pedal operator manipulation information and the key depression information, and outputs the second register resonating sound waveform signal. The adding unit is configured to add the musical tone waveform signal and the resonating sound waveform signal from the musical tone generation unit and the resonating sound generation unit respectively, and outputting a resulting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kawai Gakki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Kaoru Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9324309
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for adjusting the vibration frequency range of a sound producing device with vibrating tongues. The device includes an assembly formed of a comb extended by at least one vibrating tongue, said comb having at least one hole for the securing thereof to a support by means of a support jaw and of a tightening element traversing the support jaw and the hole in the aforecited comb. According to the method, the frequency range is adjusted by reducing the free length of the vibrating tongue or tongues by the localized clamping of said tongues between the support jaw and a local counter-support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Rene Piguet, Benoit Junod, Polychronis Nakis Karapatis, Sylvain Marechal
  • Patent number: 9245506
    Abstract: A resonance tone generation apparatus 20 is applied to an electronic musical instrument DM having a tone generator for generating, in accordance with a tone generation instruction signal having a key number n, a musical tone signal indicative of a piano sound having a key tone pitch specified by the key number. In the resonance tone generation apparatus 20, the key numbers n are assigned. The resonance tone generation apparatus 20 has a plurality of resonance tone generation circuits 30(n) each being configured to have a plurality of resonance frequencies and each retrieving a musical tone signal indicative of a musical sound of the piano and generating a musical tone signal indicative of a resonance tone which imitates a sound of strings of the piano, the sound being resonated by the piano sound indicated by the retrieved musical tone signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Masafumi Nakata
  • Patent number: 8277275
    Abstract: A game call apparatus comprises a mouthpiece including an air inlet opening, an air outlet opening, and a mouthpiece air passageway connecting the air inlet opening and the air outlet opening. The game call apparatus further comprises an outer sound chamber including an air inlet opening, an air exit opening, and an internal surface connecting the air inlet opening of the outer sound chamber and the air exit opening. The game call further comprises an inner sound chamber including an air inlet opening and an air outlet opening disposed within the outer sound chamber. The inner sound chamber air passageway connects the air inlet opening of the inner sound chamber and the air outlet opening of the inner sound chamber, and the inner sound chamber air passageway is in communication with the mouthpiece air passageway to permit air passage between the air inlet opening of the mouthpiece and the air exit opening of the outer sound chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Flambeau, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Drury
  • Publication number: 20110185878
    Abstract: A reed guard assembly is provided that may include a mouthpiece and a bracket configured for engaging the mouthpiece. A reed may be held by the bracket against the mouthpiece. A reed guard may also be provided and can be configured for being placed into a guarded position to protect a at least a portion of the reed from damage. The reed guard may be capable of being pivoted with respect to the mouthpiece from the guarded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Charles J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7902443
    Abstract: A synthetic reed for use in reed-blown wind instruments such as the clarinets, saxophones, oboes and bassoons may be made from an oriented thermoplastic material such as uniaxially oriented polypropylene. The reed may have a profile that is thinner near the tip and in the vamp than the profile of a cane reed of equivalent playing strength, and may be machined from an oriented polymer blank has a higher longitudinal modulus than that of said cane reed of equivalent playing strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: Guy Legere, Mark Kortschot
  • Patent number: 7727044
    Abstract: An animal call includes a mouthpiece, a barrel, and a reed. The mouthpiece defines an air channel therein and has a reed bed proximate the air channel. The barrel is coupled to the mouthpiece and has an internal chamber that is fluidically coupled to the air channel of the mouthpiece. A surface comprising the air channel varies in order to maintain a substantially constant cross-sectional area magnitude along a length of the channel. The reed is disposed adjacent the air channel and proximate the reed bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Leslie W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7658660
    Abstract: A game call apparatus is provided which has a mouthpiece including an air inlet, a reed positioned in the mouthpiece and vibrating when air is blown into the mouthpiece, and inner and outer tubular sound chambers mounted on an air outlet end of the mouthpiece. The reed is mounted on an air inlet end of the inner tubular sound chamber, and an air outlet end of the inner tubular sound chamber extends into the outer tubular sound chamber. The outer tubular chamber has an air exit end which tapers radially inwardly toward an air exit. The air exit end includes the air exit which is smaller than an air outlet of the inner tubular chamber. The taper and small exit opening of the outer tubular chamber provides a back pressure to air blown into the mouthpiece which produces a realistic game call sound as the reed vibrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Flambeau, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Drury
  • Patent number: 7070473
    Abstract: An apparatus for calling deer, and methods of its use; the apparatus having an adjustable sliding element moved longitudinally by the user to adjust the dimension x of a vibrating reed to vary the sound generated by the deer call. The device includes a barrel assembly with a vibrating reed mounted therein on a reed holder. A metal slider mounted for longitudinal movement within the barrel assembly has a tab extending outwardly therefrom so as to be adjustable without disassembly of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Angelo Cassette
  • Patent number: 6188006
    Abstract: An electrically Powered Hand Played Music Box has; a base frame that carries a plurality of 88 damped reed/plectrum tone producing assemblies that can be mechanically accessed in groups of 29 sequenced assemblies each, and placed in correspondence with the keys of a 29 key keyboard so that the player can flexibly select the key that a tune can be played in; an inclined face surface that carries a detachable tune board that carries, according to manufacture, a pre-set or moveable electrical contact for each assembly tone contained in a sequence of tune tones; an electromagnetically propelled switching mechanism that travels a track where it engages remote electrical lines to the tune board contacts and actuates the assemblies that produce the sequenced tones; a tone amplifying microphone, and a speaker; and a key on a single key keyboard that a player taps to actuate the switching mechanism and provide tempo and rhythm to the assembly produced tones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: James Robert Mc Govern
  • Patent number: 6143968
    Abstract: Tone production by a vibratable reed having a plurality of separated edges disposed in a slot extending between opposed surfaces, with the edges conjoined beyond one end of the slot and extending into and above the opposed end of the slot allowing vibration during bi-directional air flow and alterations in timbre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas S. Tonon
  • Patent number: 6087571
    Abstract: A synthetic reed for use in reed-blown wind instruments such as the clarinets, saxophones, oboes and bassoons may be made from an oriented thermoplastic material such as uniaxially or biaxially oriented polypropylene. The reed may be machined from an oriented-polymer blank which in turn has been cut or stamped from an oriented-polymer sheet of the appropriate thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Legere Reeds Ltd.
    Inventor: Guy Legere
  • Patent number: 4612001
    Abstract: A double reed game call is provided in which the reeds are aligned in series and are actuated simultaneously by an airstream. The call includes a barrel, a first keg and a second keg which are positioned in series. Each keg includes a reed assembly which is air actuated. The kegs are interchangeable to produce differing sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Burnham Bros.
    Inventor: Murry Burnham
  • Patent number: 4175461
    Abstract: An electromagnetic pickup device for use in a tone generator of an electronic piano includes a plurality of vibratory reeds and pole pieces of pickups which are so shaped that each reed and pole piece are opposed to each other in a range from the neutral position of the reed to a position within its maximum vibrating amplitude at one side. In output signals of the pickups, the balance of fundamental and odd- and even-numbered harmonics is improved to generate a tone which is close to that of a normal string piano.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1979
    Assignee: Nippon Columbia Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Nagata, Eiji Satoh, Keinosuke Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 4151678
    Abstract: A tubular blowing tube receives a generally cylindrical sounding barrel in one end. A longitudinal notch extending from the inner end of the sounding barrel defines a flat support surface for a pair of reeds. An axial bore opening from the outer end of the sounding barrel merges with a longitudinal axial groove opening to the support surface and terminating short of the inner end of the barrel. The reeds overlie the groove and are retained at the base end of the groove by a cork member compressed between the barrel and blowing tube. The support surface is convex at the inner end where the groove terminates; and the reed tips are bent away from the convex surface and slightly spaced from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1979
    Inventor: Phil A. Robertson
  • Patent number: 4091762
    Abstract: An audible vibratory biased reed assembly having the properties of being activated or commencing vibration upon being subjected to a predetermined energy level. This assembly utilizes a straight, flat, elongated, closed or clapping reed, to produce a clatter or buzzing sound, with the reed being biased through application of a bias force to one edge to distort its flatness adjacent its free extremity. The bias force is applied by an angular transverse bridge which substantially triples the frequency of the mechanical clatter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1978
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Ruehl